Charlize Theron Hits 'The Road'

Charlize Theron will take the female lead opposite Viggo Mortensen in the big screen adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's prize-winning novel "The Road."

John Hillcoat ("The Proposition") is directing the 2929 Entertainment-financed feature, which will be distributed by Dimension Films domestically.

Variety says that the Joe Penhall-scripted film "centers on a man who embarks on a nightmarish road trip after a nuclear explosion in an attempt to transport his son to safety while fending off cannibals," which makes the movie sound more like "The Hills Have Eyes" and less like "The Road."

"But wait," dedicated readers of the Oprah Book Club are exclaiming, "I read 'The Road' and it didn't really have a female lead."

Apparently Theron's role isn't a large one. She'll play the main character's wife, seen in flashbacks.

Shooting on "The Road" will begin next month.

Theron has the indie drama "Sleepwalking" hitting Sundance later this month. The "Monster" Oscar winner has "Battle in Seattle" and "Hancock" set for release later this year.

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